Aimee G Designs Trunk Show – October 24 – 26

The Event:
Aimee G. Fall/Winter Trunk Show
October 24 – 26, 2014
320 Harvard Ave. Brookline, MA

Indulge in unique pieces from NYC based designer Aimee G! Fire Opal Brookline is excited to announce an exclusive fall trunk show featuring work from her fall/winter 2014 line and one-of- a -kind pieces from her collection.

Aimee G. took inspiration for her 2014 fall line from the great surrealist painters Duchamp, Matta, Miro, Magritte, and Masson. Surprising, textural, and expressive, the collection is full of strong lines, bold patterns and colors, and beautifully crafted shapes. Drawing from the concepts of cubism, juxtaposition, and wit, this fall line offers beautiful statement pieces as well as gorgeous clothes for everyday wear.

AimeeGFW2014-431 AimeeGFW2014-549 AimeeGFW2014-726  AimeeGFW2014-894 AimeeGFW2014-1245 AimeeGFW2014-1540

Neesh by D.A.R. Urban Whimsy

The late autumn chill is starting to set in here in Boston, but we’re already thinking ahead to spring! This month our First Thursday, JP event is a wonderful preview of Neesh by D.A.R.’s fantastic spring collection. There will be some pieces in store to look at and a complete spring look book to peruse and order from! Get ahead of the fashion curve and pre-order your favorite pieces for warmer weather. We’ll also have some one-of-a-kind looks from the Fall/Winter line available to take home. This is a special event and we’re excited to be able to share the latest looks from Neesh!


Super feminine but always polished, Denise Allen Robinson’s signature line “Neesh by D.A.R.” is one of our favorite and most fun clothing lines. Denise began selling her clothes in the early 1990’s and grew into the Neesh brand in 2002, expanding to create an entire collection of women’s wear. Based in an airy Chicago loft space, Neesh clothes are created with the sophisticated yet whimsical woman in mind. Their silhouettes are flirty, feminine, and vintage-inspired but with amazing eye for proportions and a woman’s body. Neesh works in comfortable, wearable fabrics like “urban whimsy” sweatshirting and pima tencel “yummy knit”, they also scour the market for hard-to-find gorgeous wovens like printed silk chiffon and soft crumpled metal which makes Neesh stand out just about anywhere.  Perhaps most importantly, Neesh adores special detail, and every piece has surprising and unique touches. If you’re looking to add special, ladylike pieces to wear everyday or on special occasions be sure to stop in Thursday November 7 from 4pm to 8pm in Jamaica Plain to see the great collections from Neesh.

Nicole Aquillano – Once A Memory

Jamaica Plain Open Studios is coming up fast (September 21, 2013). We’re excited to have a special guest artist presenting a fantastic trunk show in the JP gallery to celebrate. The stunning architectural graphics on Fort Point based artist Nicole Aquillano’s pieces are evocative, inspired,and beautifully simple. We were so happy to be able to talk with Nicole about her work and inspirations and we can’t wait to show her work in the gallery on September 21.

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How did you discover your love of ceramics?

I discovered my love for clay in high school, in Crafts class.  We had a few hand-building projects which I really enjoyed, after which my teacher set me up on the potter’s wheel, and I never looked back.  I bought my own wheel and would spend hours throwing in my bedroom at home, with lots of plastic on the carpet! Then in college I took an intro level clay class and spent all my free time in the studio, I just loved it.  At the end of the semester my professor suggested I take the intermediate class…and that went on throughout my whole undergraduate in math and engineering, so I ended up earning a minor in art during undergrad.

It’s clear that your background in civil engineering informs your design – what is it that draws you to architecture and city scapes?

Something about the repetition and structure of buildings and bridges really draws me in.  I find stability and comfort in repepetion, since in my engineering mind, it is the path to clarity.  I am also drawn to the use of place since it has an inevitable ability to define and connect people.  Through the use  of specific places from my own memories and experiences, I hope to trigger personal memories in others, as a way to bridge a meaningful relationship.

I recognize the Tobin Bridge as part of your current collection, what are some of the other inspirations that are part of your work right now?

The bridge I use in my work reminds people quite frequently of the Tobin, which I love: that specific places drawn from my memories have the ability to trigger personal memories in others, but it is actually based on an old train bridge near the house I grew up in (the house I repeatedly draw in my work).  Growing up, I could hear the train cross the bridge and blow its whistle from my bedroom window (the same window which has the light on in my drawings). For me, the sound of train whistles still triggers memories of my childhood home.

If you could translate one Boston landmark into your work what would it be and why?

I draw an image of the North End quite frequently, since it was the deciding factor in me moving to Boston about 7 years ago.  Upon visiting the North End for a job interview, I was reminded so much of Italy, where I had studied for a semester, that I decided I just had to move here! The old staircase leading up to the Summer Street Bridge and the building connector that passes over Melcher Street, in Fort Point,  are frequent occurrences in my work.  I like to think of all the people who have experienced these unique architecture details over the years. There are so many memories sealed up in these historical structures that surround us everyday.

You have an awesome process page on your site, but what is your day to day life like in the studio now that you create full time?

Surprisingly I only spend about 60% of my time making my work.  I spend the rest of my time doing paperwork, applying to shows and sales, actually participating in sales, corresponding with customers, packing work, shipping work, fixing things that break, picking up supplies…the list goes on and on. When you run your own business you are everything: maker, marketing, sales, shipping, maintenance person, etc.  But I do always manage to make time for a run everyday, I think taking a break is an important part of staying healthy and sane when your life is devoted to studio work!

Do you hand draw/paint on each of your pieces or do you create a transfer and then glaze?

I hand-inlay each drawing into the clay before it is bisque-fired.  I use a knife similar to an exacto knife (it is actually a Dolan knife, my favorite tool) to carve each line into the clay.  After I’ve carved in the entire drawing, I put an underglaze over top, let it dry, and wipe away from the surface with a damp sponge. The sponge removes the underglaze from the surface of the piece, but leaves in imbedded in the clay where I had carved in the lines.  Then I bisque-fire, and mix and apply a glaze that when applied over the drawing, it brings the underglaze out a little bit and creates a runny effect: which I think is important to help trigger the feeling of a memory.

What are three things that inspire you the most?

Hard Work + Passion.  I am amazed at the results which come from a lot of hard work combined with a lot of passion. One of my mentors once told me, if you work hard enough at something, it’s bound to happen. And I truly believe this. If you want something enough, and are willing to work harder than you ever thought possible, it will eventually happen. Whether training for a marathon or trying to make a big career change, I am amazed at the ability of hard-work and passion to get you where you want to go.
Large bodies of water.  Especially running by large bodies of water.  The solitude of running combined with the vastness of the waterbody are an invitation to let your mind rest. There is something so amazing about being reminded of how small you are in the world…but remembering how much of a difference you can make.
The human need to maintain collections.  The main reasons people collect are to remind them of the past and to fill a void, so that the act of collecting is a way to preserve the past and satisfy the longing with which we inhabit the world: driven by a desire to hold onto that which will inevitably be lost.
Growing up, I observed my mother collecting objects that retained memories of her childhood and parents.  She would reminisce about the past though these objects quite often.   As I grew older, my mother began passing these objects and memories on to me.  These objects have become an important part of my life, as reminders of my grandparents and my mother, and their emotional connection to these objects.  For both my mother and me, possession of these objects is a link to the past.
Collecting is a way to preserve the past by filling the void left by the inevitable loss associated with life.  As an object maker, I pour both my past and present experiences into my work, attempting to preserve my past by retaining my memories within these objects.  My memories and experiences are carved onto objects intended to be both used and collected: as a way to facilitate new relationships to fill the void left by that which we will never have again.

Summer is for Sale-ing

Our annual Summer Clothing Sale starts TODAY in the Brookline gallery. There are selections from Chalet, Rina Zin, Gr. Dano, Spirithouse, EDW, and Pip Squeak Chapeau! Discounts are from 20 – 50% off and the sale runs through the end of July.

We’re also really excited about the Coolidge Corner Sidewalk Sale, going on July 27 & 28 so be sure to stop in this month!

Strong and Simple: Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming up fast (THIS Sunday 6/16 if it slipped your mind)! Here are our top 6 picks for great gifts for Dad.

1. Whimsical, Colorful, and masculine, Paul Sumner’s original Fish sculptures look great in any office, study, or den.

Fish #3 Wall hanging by Paul Sumner $164 – Jamaica Plain 

Hand carved wood, galvanized sheet metal, paint.


2. Brand new in store, these puzzles are fun to use and artful to look at.

Aaron Brown Hand-Carved 3-D Puzzle $150 Brookline


3. A perennial favorite and especially great for new dads, we love the bike chain picture frames from Resource Revival.

$40 Jamaica Plain & Brookline


4. Perfect for the grillmaster/entertainer Spencer Peterman’s Handled Serving Boards come in a variety of sizes and are each hand carved and 100% unique.

$100 – $200 Brookline


5. Another great gift for a Dad who knows his way around the kitchen are these great tools from Pequa Valley Forge. Made of hand forged steel by Alabama blacksmith Al Stephens these are practical and sturdy cutting tools for everything from veggies to pizza.

Assorted Selection, $36 – $76 Brookline & Jamaica Plain


6. Simple and classic this tall mug is strong, bold, and smooth, just the way dad likes his coffee.

Daniel Bellow $44 Brookline


Unforgettable – Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (for those who may be a little forgetful it’s this coming Sunday, May 12!) and so we have put together a quick last minute gift guide to give you some great ideas and inspiration to celebrate the special mother  in your life. Be it your own mother, your wife, daughter, sister, or other special woman we have gifts to suit them all. Show her how important she is with a unique handmade gift this year, we promise, she’ll treasure it always.


Add some sparkle to Mom’s day with handmade jewelry by some of our favorite designers. There’s nothing quite like opening up that little gift box to find a distinctive and thoughtful gift that can be worn, admired, and enjoyed for years to come.


Looking for something luxurious that fits her fashion sense? We’ve got lots of new spring styles from excellent designers whose collections are focused on quality, detail, form, and function. Whether Mom’s style is classic and tailored or fun and functional we’ve got lots to choose from.


For the artful and loving homebody consider something special to add some new flare to her favorite space. Be it a new piece of art for her to treasure or something unique for her table or kitchen, celebrate the home she makes warm and inviting with a beautiful and personal gift.

Valentine’s Day – Use Your Imagination

Looking for something special this Valentine’s Day? From romantic to quirky, elegant to playful, you will be able to find something for even the hardest to buy for. Here are some creative suggestions that are sure to make a splash with your Valentine this February 14th.


For the Romantics out there gifts with a sense of elegance and thoughtfulness are beautiful ways to make your Valentine feel cherished. Choosing to give a unique piece of jewelry shows a true understanding of your partner’s style and taste. Deciding on a piece that you know she’ll love and you’ll love seeing her wear is a sweet and passionate gesture. Simple pendants from Everyday Artifact are meant to illicit a strong emotional connection through simple words and images on silver and are an understated but personal gift. Jewelry from Ananda Khalsa presents individually hand-painted works of art under glass for a striking and distinctive choice. Elegant and flowing, the work of Yasuko Azuma  is delicate with lovely shape and texture. From understated to stunning sparkle, our collection has something for everyone.

If you’re looking to say I love you with a sense of playfulness and cheer, we’ve got a great selection of artistic gifts and home goods that are sure to please. By giving one of these gifts you can show that your loved one’s home is important to you. A new piece of art or home décor leaves a little something shared for your Valentine to admire and appreciate. Gifts from Beehive Kitchenware, Lollipop Pottery, and Dolan Geiman are a particularly sweet and whimsical way to add a personal touch your love bird’s nest.

Just want to brighten up someone’s Valentine’s Day? Exchanging with friends and family is a great way to spread the love! Check out trinket & jewelry boxes from Grace Gunning, super-soft and stylish wool accessories from Olena Zylak, or funky t-shirts from Kimmchi.

And don’t forget the card!

Love Birds by Screech Owl

Love Birds by Screech Owl